News http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/4/ en Toshiba Cutting Back on its Consumer PC Division http://www.maximumpc.com/toshiba_cutting_back_its_consumer_pc_division_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/toshiba.jpg" alt="Toshiba" title="Toshiba" width="200" height="133" style="float: right;" />Company focusing on businesses more than consumers</h3> <p>It appears that the future of traditional PCs doesn’t look too bright, at least where <a title="Toshiba press release" href="http://www.toshiba.co.jp/about/press/2014_09/pr1801.htm" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Toshiba</span></a> is concerned. Toshiba announced that it is shifting away from consumer PCs and focusing more on business PCs as part of a restructuring effort.&nbsp;</p> <p>The electronics company feels that a focus on the more profitable business-to-business(B2B) field is better for it than the unpredictable business-to-consumer(B2C) market which saw declines in <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a title="MPC article" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/gartner_predicts_pc_shipments_will_decline_84_percent_2013" target="_blank">2013</a>&nbsp;</span>for the entire industry and early 2014. In response to the decline, it is downsizing by reducing its global workforce by 900 employees, about 20 percent of its non-manufacturing workforce, within the fiscal year as part of the restructuring efforts.&nbsp;</p> <p>Toshiba revealed that it would also withdraw its B2C resources from certain markets, but didn't say where, while focusing on developed countries that would also help to promote its B2B business simultaneously. However, the PC division isn’t the only part of Toshiba that has gone through a restructuring process. It has already restructured its TV business back in 2013 when it reported a $1 billion loss for two straight years.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/toshiba_cutting_back_its_consumer_pc_division_2014#comments consumer PCs restructuring toshiba Toshiba restructuring News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:13:30 +0000 Sean D Knight 28566 at http://www.maximumpc.com Final Fantasy 13 Trilogy Coming to PC, First Game Arrives Next Month http://www.maximumpc.com/final_fantasy_13_trilogy_coming_pc_first_game_arrives_next_month_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/final_fantasy_13.jpg" alt="FF13" title="FF13" width="200" height="113" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>The latest Final Fantasy titles coming to PC</h3> <p><a title="Square Enix announcement" href="http://na.square-enix.com/us/blog/final-fantasy-xiii-returns-windows-pc" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Square Enix</span></a> has slowly been bringing the Final Fantasy franchise to the PC platform. After re-releasing Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII, the developer has been bringing some of the other older games in the franchise over. &nbsp;However,<strong> Square Enix has announced that the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy is coming to the PC platform</strong>.</p> <p>The first title in the popular JRPG series, released back in 2010 for consoles, is available for pre-order on <a title="Steam FF13 page" href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/292120/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Steam</span></a> and Square Enix’s online store. Those wishing to pre-order Final Fantasy 13 through Steam will get a 10 percent discount for a price of $14.39 (regular price is $15.99). FF13 Steam trading cards will also be available to those who purchase it on Steam.&nbsp;</p> <p>Final Fantasy 13 will launch on October 9. However, Square Enix did not provide a specific release date, or price, for Final Fantasy 13-2 or Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13, the latest installment of the franchise which was released back in February, except that they will be available “later next spring.”</p> <p>Have you played any of the Final Fantasy games on PC and are you looking forward to playing Final Fantasy XIII? Sound off in the comments below!</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/final_fantasy_13_trilogy_coming_pc_first_game_arrives_next_month_2014#comments FF13 PC Final Fantasy 13 Final Fantasy 13 PC Final Fantasy XIII Square Enix Steam Gaming News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:17:25 +0000 Sean D Knight 28565 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft's Workforce Reduction Continues with 2,100 Additional Layoffs http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_workforce_reduction_continues_2100_additional_layoffs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_door.jpg" alt="Microsoft Door" title="Microsoft Door" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Microsoft's restructuring effort will see a total of 18,000 job reductions</h3> <p>Today was a tough one in Redmond. Continuing with a restructuring plan <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_takes_battle-ax_staff_plans_cut_18000_jobs" target="_blank">announced earlier this year</a>, <strong>Microsoft today handed out an additional 2,100 pink slips</strong> as part of a second wave of layoffs. When all is said and done, Microsoft will have reduced its total workforce by 14 percent, or 18,000 workers, as it looks to become a more agile company that can move faster towards its goals.</p> <p>The second wave of layoffs follow a first wave of around 13,000 job reductions. That leaves approximately 2,900 more job cuts to be made, though it's not clear when those will come and whether they'll happen all at once or in multiple waves.</p> <p>"The reductions happening today are spread across many different business units, and many different countries. We will continue to go through this process in the most thoughtful manner possible, with the deepest respect for affected individuals and recognition of their service to the company," a spokeswoman for <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2685852/pink-slips-rain-down-on-microsoft.html" target="_blank">Microsoft told <em>PCWorld</em></a> in an email.</p> <p>It's believed that most of the workers let go in the first round of layoffs were from Microsoft's Nokia Devices and Services division. Like the ones who were let go today, they were given severance packages.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_workforce_reduction_continues_2100_additional_layoffs#comments jobs layoffs microsoft News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:46:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 28563 at http://www.maximumpc.com BitFenix Pandora Case Supports Custom Images on Front LCD http://www.maximumpc.com/bitfenix_pandora_case_supports_custom_images_front_lcd_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_pandora.jpg" alt="BitFenix Pandora" title="BitFenix Pandora" width="228" height="174" style="float: right;" />Slap your mug on BitFenix's Pandora chassis</h3> <p><strong>BitFenix today announced the release of its Pandora, a stylish and relative compact case</strong> made of brushed aluminum. In addition to its unique looks, the Pandora sports an integrated LCD panel (TFT) that measures 2.4 inches and is hidden discreetly behind the front panel. You can download software from BitFenix that allows you to upload your own images using a drag-and-drop interface.</p> <p>"Simply connect the USB cable to your motherboard, download the software from the BitFenix website, and drag your picture file onto the software. In seconds, your image file will be displayed in full color – an easy and novel new way to add your own personal touch to your PC," <a href="http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/news/show/115,bitfenix-pandora-%EF%BF%BD-style-without-limits/" target="_blank">BitFenix explains</a>.</p> <p>The design of the Pandora is inspired by the fact that an increasing number of PC users are plopping their rigs in the living room. To accommodate this trend, BitFenix wanted Pandora to look more like a modern entertainment appliance than a traditional PC. Mission accomplished, though it doesn't come at the expense of DIY amenities.</p> <p>Pandora sports an optional side window. It has three 2.5-inch drive bays, two 3.5-inch bays, a 120mm top cooling fan, 120mm front cooling fan (with an optional mount for one more), five PCI slots, USB 3.0 and 2.0 support, and cable management cutouts. The case supports micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/pandora-core-window/" target="_blank">Pandora</a> should be available soon; no word yet on price.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7RA3oIMGGwA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/bitfenix_pandora_case_supports_custom_images_front_lcd_2014#comments BitFenix Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware lcd Pandora News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:18:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28562 at http://www.maximumpc.com Newegg Daily Deals: Samsung 840 Evo 500GB SSD, Intel Core i5 4690, and More! http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_samsung_840_evo_500gb_ssd_intel_core_i5_4690_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/samsung_evo_0.jpg" alt="Samsung Evo" title="Samsung Evo" width="300" height="205" style="float: right;" /><img src="/files/u154082/newegg_logo_small.png" alt="newegg logo" title="newegg logo" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>Waiting on a slow computer to finish a task can set your whole day back. 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The updated Shrike also features an updated programmable software UI, improved RGB LED lighting, and new color options. There are now five color choices for the Shrike to match your setup -- black, orange, white, yellow, and brushed silver.</p> <p>Never heard of the Shrike? It's a rodent designed mostly for first person shooter fans. It has 128kb of built-in memory, an adjustable weight system, 8 fully programmable and independent buttons, high-speed motion detection and acceleration, 1,000Hz Ultrapolling, shooting speed control, rubberized thumb grip, and an adjustable full color LED.</p> <p>With the updated software, Tesoro says its easier than before the customize and program the Shrike, both in terms of its LED lighting and creating macros.</p> <p>No word on price or availability, though as a point of reference, the original Shrike (H2L) goes for about $50 street. If searching for the newer model, look for model number <a href="http://www.tesorotec.com/gaming-mice/tesoro-shrike-h2lv2-laser-gaming-mouse.html" target="_blank">TS-H2LV2</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/tesoro_injects_shrike_laser_gaming_mouse_higher_dpi_more_color_options_2014#comments Hardware mouse Peripherals shrike tesoro News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:45:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28559 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung's 20nm 6Gb LPDDR3 RAM Promises Longer Battery Life for Mobile Devices http://www.maximumpc.com/samsungs_20nm_6gb_lpddr3_ram_promises_longer_battery_life_mobile_devices <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_6gb.jpg" alt="Samsung 20nm 6Gb" title="Samsung 20nm 6Gb" width="228" height="139" style="float: right;" />Look for thinner, longer lasting mobile gadgets</h3> <p><strong>Samsung said it has begun mass producing its 6-gigabit (Gb) low-power double data rate 3 (LPDDR3) mobile DRAM based on its 20-nanometer process technology</strong> (not to be confused with 20nm-class, which could mean anywhere from 20nm to 29nm). Why should you care? The new mobile memory chip is more efficient, which in turn will enable longer battery life in mobile devices. It could also lead to slimmer, less expensive mobile products.</p> <p>The new 6Gb LPDDR3 has a per-pin data transfer rate of up to 2,133 megabits per second (Mbps). It takes four of them to comprise a 3GB package, which Samsung says is more than 20 percent smaller and consumes 10 percent less energy than the currently available 3GB package using the company's previously lowest process technology. The end product is an improvement in every way -- mobile memory based on Samsung's 20nm process is smaller, thinner, faster, and more power efficient.</p> <p>"Our new 20nm 6Gb LPDDR3 DRAM provides the most advanced mobile memory solution for the rapidly expanding high-performance mobile DRAM market," <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140917006467/en/Samsung-Mass-Producing-Industry%E2%80%99s-20-Nanometer-6Gb-LPDDR3#.VBr_pfldVCg" target="_blank">said Jeeho Baek</a>, vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Electronics. "We are working closely with our global customers to offer next-generation mobile memory solutions that can be applied to a more extensive range of markets ranging from the premium to standard segments."</p> <p>Samsung says its new 20nm process brings about more than a 30 percent productivity gain. With that being the case, they should be cheaper to produce and could ultimately lead to price savings for the end user.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/samsungs_20nm_6gb_lpddr3_ram_promises_longer_battery_life_mobile_devices#comments 6Gb Hardware lpddr3 Memory mobile ram samsung 20nm News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:56:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 28558 at http://www.maximumpc.com Amazon Unloads Seven New Fire HD Tablets and E-Readers http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_unloads_seven_new_fire_hd_tablets_and_e-readers_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kindle_fire_7.jpg" alt="Kindle Fire" title="Kindle Fire" width="228" height="168" style="float: right;" />Look who's ready for the holiday shopping season</h3> <p><strong>Amazon decided that releasing a new Kindle Fire HD tablet wouldn't be enough, so the e-tailer went and added more than half a dozen new slates and e-readers</strong>. It begins with the introduction of two brand new Kindles starting at $79 (Kindle) and $199 (Kindle Voyage). The Kindle Voyage ups the ante with the thinnest design yet for a Kindle device (0.30 inches) and a next generation paperwhite display.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I15SB16" target="_blank">$79 Kindle</a> ($99 without Special Offers) is upgraded with a 20 percent faster processor, twice the amount of storage, and a touch interface. And starting at $199 (or $219 without Special Offers) for the Wi-Fi version and $269 for the Wi-Fi + 3G (or $289 without Special Offers), the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IOY8XWQ" target="_blank">Kindle Voyage</a> comes with a built-in light with adaptive light sensor, 300 pixels per inch display (versus 167 on the standard Kindle), and PagePress sensor that makes it easier to turn pages.</p> <p>Moving on, Amazon also released a pair of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LOR524M" target="_blank">Fire HD Kids Edition</a> tablets backed by 2-year "worry-free" guarantees -- if little Billy breaks his tablet, Amazon will replace it, no questions asked. The Fire HD Kids Edition comes in 6-inch ($149) and 7-inch ($189) models with choice of a blue, green, or pink kid-proof case.</p> <p>Billed as a real tablet and not a toy, the Fire HD Kids Edition wields a quad-core processor, HD display, front- and rear-facing cameras, Dolby Digital audio, and access to Amazon's content ecosystem.</p> <p>If you're keeping count, we're up to four new devices with three more to go. Two of them belong to the all-new Fire HD category. These are also available in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KC6I06S" target="_blank">6-inch</a> (starting at $99) and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IKPYKWG/ref=fs_fas" target="_blank">7-inch</a> (starting at $139, available in October) models with 8GB and 16GB capacity options. <a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1969156&amp;highlight=" target="_blank">According to Amazon</a>, the 1.5GHz quad-core processor stuffed inside these slates has 3x the graphics performance of the Samsung Tab 4.</p> <p>Finally, there's the all new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HCNHDN0" target="_blank">Fire HDX 8.9</a> powered by the latest generation quad-core 2.5GHz processor with a 70 percent faster graphics engine than the previous version. Amazon says it's 20 percent lighter than the iPad Air, and it's the first tablet with Dolby Atmos, which creates a new mobile headphone experience with multidimensional sound that flows above and around you, the company says. Pricing starts at $379.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_unloads_seven_new_fire_hd_tablets_and_e-readers_2014#comments amazon Hardware hdx kindle fire hd mobile slate tablet News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:33:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28557 at http://www.maximumpc.com Destiny Darts to $325 Million in Five Days, Online Players Log 100 Million http://www.maximumpc.com/destiny_darts_325_million_five_days_online_players_log_100_million <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/destiny.jpg" alt="Destiny" title="Destiny" width="228" height="129" style="float: right;" />Activision Blizzard has another lucrative franchise on its hands</h3> <p>Though some early reviews have criticized <em>Destiny</em> for its repetitive game play and vague storyline, it's still raking in a lot of money for publisher Activision Blizzard. Citing Chart-Track figures, Activision Blizzard says <strong><em>Destiny</em> has sold through more than $325 million worldwide in its first five days</strong>, which underscores that it's the best selling new video game franchise launch of all time.</p> <p>Developer Bungie claims <em>Destiny</em> players have logged over 100 million hours of online play through the first week and participated in 137 million activities. In addition, <em>Destiny</em> has won over 180 awards and nominations.</p> <p>"<em>Destiny </em>fans played more than 100 million hours of the game in the first week. That's on par with the engagement levels of our most popular Call of Duty games, which obviously is an industry leader," <a href="http://investor.activision.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=871349" target="_blank">said Eric Hirshberg</a>, CEO, Activision Publishing. "Millions of gamers are having a great time playing <em>Destiny </em>and can't put down their controllers. And this is just the beginning. Destiny is a platform that will grow and evolve and we will continue to work closely with our partners at Bungie to bring a long line of new experiences and content to life in the game."</p> <p><em>Destiny</em> became one of the most highly anticipated titles of the year as gamers were eager to see what the developers of <em>Halo</em>, another hugely popular franchise, would come up with.</p> <p>Last week, Activision announced that it had shipped $500 million worth of copies to retail. Having now grossed $325 million from those sales, the sales estimate sits at over 5 million copies in circulation so far. Microsoft undoubtedly helped put copies into the hands of gamers when it ran a promotion from September 7 to 13 in which anyone who purchased a new Xbox One console from a participating retailer, including the Madden NFL 15 and Forza bundles, would be eligible for a free game priced $59.99 or less.</p> <p>As of right now, there aren't any plans to port <em>Destiny</em> over to PC, though Activision Publishing CEO Erik Hirshberg left the door open back at E3 when he said it's "something we're talking about and looking at very carefully."</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/destiny_darts_325_million_five_days_online_players_log_100_million#comments activision blizzard destiny games News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:29:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28556 at http://www.maximumpc.com GammaTech Announces Durabook R11 Tablet http://www.maximumpc.com/gammatech_announces_durabook_r11_tablet_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/durabook_r11.jpg" alt="GammaTech Durabook R11" title="GammaTech Durabook R11" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />The lightest 11.6-inch rugged tablet in its class, GammaTech says</h3> <p>Tablets aren't exactly known for their durability. Can you image dropping your Android slate or iPad down a flight of stairs? If the stairs are carpeted, you might get away with it (we don't recommend testing this out), otherwise there's a good chance the screen will end up busted. <strong>GammaTech's new Durabook R11 is a rugged slate</strong> that would probably survive such a tumble, as well as other harsh situations.</p> <p>According to GammaTech, the Durabook R11 is the lightest 11.6-inch rugged tablet in its class. The slate weighs 2.73 pounds (with battery) and measures 11.4 inches (W) by 7.48 inches (D) by 0.78 inches (H), or 290mm (W) by 190mm (D) by 20mm (H) if you prefer metric.</p> <p>It boasts Military Standard 810G and IP65 certifications for drop, shock, dust, and water resistance, and is MIL-STD 461F certified for operation in hazardous locations. According to GammaTech, it can withstand extreme temperatures ranging from -14F to around 131F degrees.</p> <p>As to the hardware, the Durabook R11 features an Intel Haswell Y Series CPU, up to 8GB of DDR3L 1600 RAM, 64GB or 128GB M.2 SATA SSD, 5MP rear-facing camera, 1080p front-facing camera, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, SDXC card reader, SIM card reader, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and various other odds and ends. On the software side, there are various options, including Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>Those interested can create an account at <a href="https://www.gammatechusa.com/products/tablets/durabook-r11" target="_blank">GammaTech's website</a> to get pricing and customization options.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gammatech_announces_durabook_r11_tablet_2014#comments durabook r11 gammatech Hardware mobile rugged slate tablet News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:16:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 28555 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus May Sue X99 Motherboard Competitors Over OC Socket Design http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_may_sue_x99_motherboard_competitors_over_oc_socket_design_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rampage_v_extreme_socket.jpg" alt="Asus Rampage V Extreme Socket" title="Asus Rampage V Extreme Socket" width="228" height="210" style="float: right;" />A suppy chain leak may have led to patent infringement</h3> <p>It's said that all is fair in love and war, but in the motherboard war that's currently taking place, some companies may have went too far. That's the reported opinion of Asus, anyway, <strong>Apparently Asus thinks competing motherboard makers infringed on pending patents related to its OC Socket technology</strong> found in boards based on Intel's X99 chipset for Haswell-E. Asus developed its OC Socket technology in-house.</p> <p>What is OC Socket? It has more pins than a standard LGA 2011 socket. The six additional pins are strategically spread out around the socket and allow you to tap into additional Haswell-E voltage lanes to enable higher and more stable overclocks.</p> <p>"Designed to break performance barriers, Asus OC Socket utilizes extra pins to connect a proprietary circuit to contacts found on Haswell-E's land grid array (LGA). Combined with our customized UEFI, this exclusive feature enables higher DDR4 memory frequencies, lower latencies, and enhanced stability while overclocking, extending all the way to extreme overclocking conditions, such as Liquid Nitrogen (LN2). OC Socket is 100 percent compatible with new Haswell-E LGA 2011-v3 CPUs, ensuring the ideal combination of overclocking performance and compatibility," Asus explains.</p> <p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140917PD204.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a>, an investigation by Asus has lead the company to believe that supply chain makers leaked confidential OC Socket designs to competitors. As a result, Asus is considering legal action against competing motherboard makers, including ASRock, MSI, and Gigabyte.</p> <p>Stay tuned, as we'll be watching to see how this develops.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_may_sue_x99_motherboard_competitors_over_oc_socket_design_2014#comments asus Build a PC Hardware legal motherboard oc socket Patent Infringement x99 News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:09:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 28554 at http://www.maximumpc.com Xotic PC's Aggressive Looking Phantom X1 Laptop Takes Flight with Haswell http://www.maximumpc.com/xotic_pcs_aggressive_looking_phantom_x1_laptop_takes_flight_haswell_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/phantom_x1.jpg" alt="Xotic PC Phantom X1" title="Xotix PC Phantom X1" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />Not a laptop for boardroom meetings</h3> <p>If you're looking for a business laptop to bring into the boardroom and take notes with, there's nothing for you to see here (unless you want to make a splash in front of your colleagues and bosses). However, if it's an aggressive design and affordable price tag you're after, Xotic PC may have something of interest. <strong>Meet the Phantom X1, Xotic PC's latest 15.6-inch gaming laptop</strong> starting at $1,159.</p> <p>From the available press images we've seen, the overall aesthetic reminds us of a few Asus ROG laptops -- it's sort of a stealth fighter jet theme.</p> <p>On the inside, things are a bit more standard fare. The Phantom X1 comes stock with a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080 IPS display powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor (Haswell), 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, 1TB hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, memory card reader, webcam, backlit keyboard and a few other tidbits. Not included is an operating system, which you can add starting at $105.</p> <p>The Phantom X1 is <a href="http://www.xoticpc.com/phantom-x1-p-7527.html" target="_blank">available now</a> to configure and order.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/xotic_pcs_aggressive_looking_phantom_x1_laptop_takes_flight_haswell_2014#comments Hardware haswell laptop notebook OEM phantom x1 rigs xotic pc News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:41:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28553 at http://www.maximumpc.com Logitech Develops Custom Romer-G Switches for G910 Orion Spark Mechanical Keyboard http://www.maximumpc.com/logitech_develops_custom_romer-g_switches_g910_orion_spark_mechanical_keyboard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/logitech_g910_orion_spark.jpg" alt="Logitech G910 Orion Spark" title="Logitech G910 Orion Spark" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />A feature rich mechanical keyboard with one-of-a-kind key switches</h3> <p><strong>Logitech just announced the G910 Orion Spark RGB, a mechanical keyboard</strong> and successor to the G710. Unlike its predecessor, however, the G910 boasts Logitech's exclusive new Romer-G mechanical key switches, offering 25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch out there with an actuation point of 1.5mm, Logitech says. It's also supposedly a more durable plank -- Logitech claims it can withstand 70 million keystrokes.</p> <p>"This keyboard is the culmination of years of ongoing development by our engineering team, incorporating feedback from gamers and eSports athletes to develop a next-generation mechanical key," <a href="http://news.logitech.com/press-release/consumer-products/logitech-engineers-most-advanced-mechanical-gaming-keyboard-world" target="_blank">said Vincent Tucker</a>, director of Logitech gaming. "Our team was charged with developing a keyboard that truly improves the gaming experience, and Orion Spark delivers."</p> <p>Each key of the Orion Spark can be individually customized from a selection of 16.8 million colors. This opens up the possibility of marking keys by color to keep track of spells and other commands, or you can simply change the color to match your overall setup.</p> <p>There are nine programmable G-keys on the Orion Spark, and when spread across three profiles, there's the potential to create up to 27 macros using the Logitech Gaming Software.</p> <p>The Orion Spark can also communicate with your mobile device using a new app called Arx Control. This allows your mobile device to display in-game intelligence, system performance stats, media controls, and more. To make such a thing feasible, the Orion Spark features a pull-out tray that supports most iOS and Android devices.</p> <p>Logitech says the Orion Spark will be available in November for $180; you can <a href="http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/product/rgb-gaming-keyboard-g910?wt.mc_id=global_g910" target="_blank">place a pre-order</a> now.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/logitech_develops_custom_romer-g_switches_g910_orion_spark_mechanical_keyboard_2014#comments g910 orion spark Hardware logitech mechanical keyboard Peripherals romer-g News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:03:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 28552 at http://www.maximumpc.com Valve is Adding Support for 11 Currencies on Steam http://www.maximumpc.com/valve_adding_support_11_currencies_steam_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/valve-logo.png" alt="Valve Logo" title="Valve Logo" width="200" height="200" style="float: right;" />Five new currencies added today, the rest to follow</h3> <p>Valve has quite a lot on its plate these days. There’s the Steam Machine which was <a title="MPC Steam Machine delay" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/controller_tweaks_prompt_valve_delay_steam_machines_until_2015" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">delayed to early 2015</span></a> so Valve can work on fine-tuning both its Steam Controller and SteamOS. &nbsp;In the meantime, it is releasing updates for its various games and, presumably, is developing sequels to some of its franchises. Then there is a small thing called Steam that, until recently, supported only five currencies. But not anymore. <strong>V</strong><strong>alve has announced that it is adding 11 additional currencies to Steam</strong> over the following weeks.&nbsp;</p> <p>The developer revealed today that it has already added five additional currencies to Steam that includes Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Meanwhile, support for Canada, Mexico, Korea, Turkey, and Norway will be added in the coming weeks. Until now, Valve’s online store has only accepted U.S. dollars, British pounds, Russian rubles, Brazilian reais, and euros while the Japanese yen was added last month. New payment methods will also be added for these new regions.</p> <p>The support of additional currencies is certainly good news for gamers who live in these regions and will, hopefully, remove some of the hassles and hurdles for those who wish to purchase games from Steam with their local currency.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/valve_adding_support_11_currencies_steam_2014#comments 11 new currencies currency Steam steam wallet Valve News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:22:21 +0000 Sean D Knight 28550 at http://www.maximumpc.com AOC Wants to Save Your Eyes Using Anti-Blue Light Technology in Monitors http://www.maximumpc.com/aoc_wants_save_your_eyes_using_anti-blue_light_technology_monitors_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aoc_monitor_0.jpg" alt="AOC Monitor" title="AOC Monitor" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />A friendly technology for your eyeballs</h3> <p>Display maker <strong>AOC is rolling out a patent-pending technology called "Anti-Blue Light"</strong> that's supposed to protect your eyes against the damaging effects of blue light from LED-backlit monitors. Just like overexposure to Ultra-Violet (UV) light waves from the sun can impair your vision, so can shortwave blue light (380-450 nm) from LED-backlit devices, AOC says. The company's Anti-Blue Light technology reduces the intensity and strength of the harmful shortwave blue light by fine tuning the LED backlight.</p> <p>This method reduces blue light by over 90 percent. Compared to other solutions that use filters or software settings, AOC's ABL technology reduces shortwave blue light without dimming or distorting colors so that the monitor can maintain the true color and clarity of your images.</p> <p>Is this a real problem? According to AOC, there are studies showing that long-term exposure to blue light can lead to macular degeneration (AMD), a permanent loss of vision in the center of the eye due to damage of the retina. The company references Dr. Carl Kupfer, former Director of the U.S. National Eye Institute, who predicts that "the prevalence of AMD is expected to rise 6.3 million by the year 2030" and that it will become an epidemic.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/blue-light.jpg" alt="Blue light" title="Blue light" width="555" height="245" /></p> <p>"We believe that any technology that can help protect our users’ eyes, without forcing them to change their digital lifestyles will be highly welcome," said Steve Young, AOC Marketing Manager. "AOC’s Anti-Blue Light technology leads the industry in protecting consumers against the damaging effects of blue light and providing a safer and healthier workplace."</p> <p>AOC's solution tweaks the blue light emissions at the source by shifting the wavelength peak of the LED backlight from 450nm to 460nm, moving it out of the range that's considered harmful.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/blue-light2.jpg" alt="Blue Light" title="Blue Light" width="612" height="252" /></p> <p>The company plans to implement it's ABL technology into its AOC 76V Series.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/aoc_wants_save_your_eyes_using_anti-blue_light_technology_monitors_2014#comments anti-blue light aoc display Hardware monitor technology News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:17:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 28546 at http://www.maximumpc.com